Denver re-launches microgrant program for community gardens, walkability

The microgrant program that has inspired many localized road closures has been re-launched for a winter phase throughout the city.

Denver Community Active Living Coalition (CALC), a program of the Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, plans to grant over $30,000 to Denver residents and organizations. It follows the summer plan, which saw projects which promote physical activity and active transportation.

The microgrants come in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. CALC will fund projects up to $1,000 per individual community initiative that supports work in walkability, bike-ability or access to safe and healthy spaces for physical activity.

Most of the money spent this summer was on gardening projects impacting young adults. Throughout the city, the most evident impact has been road closures to through traffic across many blocks. Local access has been allowed as long as vehicles move slowly. Most of the closures have occurred in places that do not have access to parks or where nearby parks are seeing significant use.

Residents or organizations can apply for these grants on Denver’s CALC website.

Currently, these are the roads closed until further notice:

Capitol Hill Neighborhood

  • E. 11th Avenue from Sherman Street to Humboldt Street

Sloan Lake Neighborhood

  • Bryon Place from Zenobia Street to Vrain Street
  • Stuart Street from 24th Avenue to 21st Avenue

North Capitol Hill/City Park West Neighborhoods

  • E. 16th Avenue from Pennsylvania Street to City Park Esplanade

West Denver

  • Irving Street from 2nd Avenue to Gill Pl

Washington Park/Speer

  • Marion Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Downing Street/Bayaud Avenue
  • Bayaud Avenue from Sherman to Downing Streets

Curtis Park

  • 30th Street from Welton Street to Larimer Street

Congress Park

  • 11th Avenue from Race Street to Colorado Boulevard (with Josephine and York Streets remaining open to thru-traffic across 11th Avenue)

Cole

  • Franklin Street from 30th Avenue to 37th Avenue

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